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Germany: Act to Protect Cultural Property Passed

(July 19, 2016) On June 23, 2016, the German Bundestag (parliament) adopted a revised Act to Protect Cultural Property which protects certain national cultural property from being exported, restricts illegal trade in cultural goods, and facilitates the retrieval of cultural goods that were exported unlawfully. (Gesetz zur Neuregelung des Kulturgutschutzrechts [Act To Amend the Law […]

Russia: New Law Regulates Missionary Work

(July 14, 2016) On July 6, 2016, the President of the Russian Federation signed the recently adopted Federal Law No. 374 on Amending the Federal Law on Counterterrorism and Select Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Concerning the Creation of Additional Measures Aimed at Countering Terrorism and Protecting Public Safety. (Federal Law No. 374, PRAVO.GOV.RU […]

Italy: New Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape

(May 20, 2016) On March 31, 2016, an updated version of the 2004 Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape entered into effect in Italy.  (Legislative Decree No. 42 of January 22, 2004, Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, as Mandated by Article 10 of Law No. 137 of July 6, 2002 (L.D. No. 42), GAZETTA UFFICIALE […]

Saudi Arabia: Religious Decree Forbids Chess

(Jan. 28, 2016) On January 21, 2016, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti, of the Sunni sect of Islam, who represents the formal religious institution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, issued a religious decree to ban the game of chess. He stated that he had issued the fatwa forbidding chess because it is like […]

Ukraine: Movies About Russian Police and Military Banned

(Apr. 6, 2015) On April 2, 2015, the President of Ukraine signed into law the Bill on Amending Legislative Acts Concerning Protection of Ukrainian TV and Radio Media Space. (Law No. 159-VIII (Feb. 5, 2015), Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (legislature) website (in Ukrainian).) According to the Law, distribution and showing of motion pictures, TV programs, […]

Indonesia: Bali to Protect Traditional Textiles

(Jan. 14, 2015) Indonesia’s province of Bali is planning a new bylaw, to be passed within the year, on the protection of the intellectual property involved in the creation of local traditional textiles. The purpose is to preserve the fabric techniques and enhance production and quality, to better suit the market. (Wasti Atmodjo, Bali Prepared […]

Tajikistan: Loud Music Prohibited on Public Transit

(Mar. 21, 2014) On January 27, 2014, Tajikistan’s Minister of Culture confirmed that the ministry supports the enforcement of a decree issued previously by the mayor of the country’s capital city of Dushanbe, under which music alien to national traditions and “common human values” is prohibited from being broadcast or reproduced on public transit. (Head […]

Japan: Vitalizing Theaters

(Sept. 10, 2012) Japan's Culture and Art Promotion Basic Law (Law No. 148 of 2001) was enacted in 2001. Since that time, although the government has made efforts over the years to build and maintain theaters and music halls, there has been no specific provision that promotes the role of theaters and music halls in […]

Japan: Promotion of Exhibitions of Foreign Art Works

(May 5, 2011) In March 2011, the Diet (Japan's parliament) passed two laws to facilitate exhibitions of art objects that are borrowed from abroad. In 2009, a law was enacted that exempted works of art borrowed from a foreign government from any form of judicial process, such as attachment or injunction, in Japan. One of […]

Turkmenistan: Visits to Opera and Circus Are Allowed Again

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 21, 2008, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan repealed bans on opera and circus performances established in 2001 by his predecessor, who had believed that this kind of entertainment was unsuited to the Turkmen people and who had his own views about bringing Turkmenistan back to the roots of its culture. […]